" From the Huntington County History, 1914"
Now one of the prosperous farmers of Huntington county, and a citizen whose services have been availabe for the general advancement and public welfare of his community, Sebastian G. Bear began his career with a minimum of capital, and won his success entirely through his industry and business push, and enterprise.
Mr. Bear was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, November 16,1856. His father was Joseph Bear, who left Pennsylvania, and took his family out to Illinois, locating in Fulton county in 1858. On a farm in that county the son had his earliest recollections, and the family continued to live there until 1866, when the father moved to McLean county in the same state, where he lived until death. There were two children in the family who are still living, the older brother being Joseph Bear, of Union township in Huntington county.
Sebastian G. Bear lived on a farm and shared its work and responsibilities and attended school until he was about eighteen. He then gave up books and became his father's active assistant He continued with his father until he was twenty-one, and the latter then gave him a team of horses, and a set of harness, and with that he started out to make his own fortune. He lived in Illinoisas a renter for some years, finally came to Howard county, Indiana where he acquired ownership of one hundred and forty acres and in March, 1905, moved to Jackson township of Huntington county; where he bought the old Christian farm of onr hundred and seventy acres. Mr. Bear is a very progressive farmer and stock raiser, a man who invests his surplus in extra land, and follows out strict business principles in all his dealings. To the one hundred and seventy acres which he first purchased, he has added first sixty acres, and then eighty acres more, and at the present A. M. and in politcs is a republican.